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Gunars Strads

An aspiring Latvian architect has been awarded a prestigious arts scholarship to support his studies.

Gunars Strads, aged 25, who moved to Yorkshire to study at Leeds Beckett University after four years of living in London, is undertaking his first year of a degree in Architecture. He is one of seven undergraduates from the university to have been selected to receive the funding from property investors, Rushbond Plc.

Although in his first year, Gunars said he already has ambitions to do a Masters degree in Architecture once he completes his undergraduate studies. He commented: “I will invest the scholarship money into buying a camera, a set of spotlights and supplies for architectural models. The most important thing about my design process is conceptual modelling and having a camera at hand would allow me to closely document all the changes and variations of particular concepts. Instead of one final model I will be able to present a series of images to my tutor, discuss the options and continue with the most successful one. I believe this will lead me to a stronger portfolio of work, showing the evolution of my ideas at their different stages.”